Jordan Hepburn has released their new self-recorded and produced EP Fankles and Frets, featuring original music and arrangements of Scottish Traditional Songs.
Fusing the sounds of Jazz, Funk and Scottish ‘Trad’ music, their Bass playing is supported by keys, drums, synths and percussion to communicate an expressive, syncopated and melodic collection of songs - perhaps best captured in feature track ‘Late in The Cowgate’ that has the feel of a Scottish Reel, and is performed on their promotional video for the release on YouTube (please see video below).
True to their roots, the track is named-after the well-known historic street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Running below the elevated South Bridge and George IV Bridge, and close to one of their favourite music venues, The Jazz Bar – Edinburgh’s longest standing independent Jazz Venue - they express an urban and mysterious vibe synonymous with the historic alley-ways, architecture, and stories from its past with vibrant double thumbs, hammer-on-plucks, triplets and taps to articulate the main melody. This collection of techniques is reflected in the title term ‘Fankles’, a word from Old Scot’s Language meaning ‘Tangles’.
Following-on from their release of Scotland’s First Solo Bass Creative Works ‘Bass à Alba’ in September 2020, their original music communicates sounds from Scotland in their own language of the low-end.
You can listen to feature track Late in The Cowgate, in full. and download the EP. on their website here.
Fankles and Frets will be released for Digital Streaming across major platforms including Spotify on 18th February.
For more: Click Here